Mechanisms of Learning and Motivation: A Memorial Volume to Jerzy Konorski

Mechanisms of Learning and Motivation: A Memorial Volume to Jerzy Konorski

Mechanisms of Learning and Motivation: A Memorial Volume to Jerzy Konorski

Mechanisms of Learning and Motivation: A Memorial Volume to Jerzy Konorski

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This volume consists of a series of chapters honoring a Polish psychologist and neurophysiologist who died in 1973. Although his name was familiar to all of the contributors, many had had no personal contact with him and had gained acquaintance with his ideas only through his publications. This unusual venture deserves some explanation.

In the autumn of 1975 the editors had become increasingly interested in Konorski's research and theories, and noted that his name was being cited more frequently in current research journals. We discussed the idea of organizing a third in the series of occasional conferences on animal psychology that have taken place at the University of Sussex, with the aim of providing a forum for discussion of Konorski's work. A list of possible topics, drawn from the range represented in Konorski The Integrative Activity of the Brain (1967), was tentatively sketched. Reactions to this proposal, and to the prospect of delivering a paper that would analyze some aspect of Konorski's work and relate this to other theoretical approaches or to recent research developments, were sought from a number of psychologists. Somewhat to our surprise the reactions were uniformly favorable, frequently very enthusiastic, and of great help in determining the program for the conference. With this evidence of widespread interest, plans went ahead and the event took place between June 30 and July 2, 1977.

The chapters in this volume are revised versions of the papers presented at this conference. The theme ensured a degree of commonality at such events, and a major purpose of many of the revisions was to take account of the exchange of ideas and information that had occurred. Although Konorski's last book (1967) covered a wide spectrum of issues in both . . .

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